Ceremonies Through Music

PURPOSE

By the end of the lesson, the student will be able to:

  • Identify characteristics of various types of settings
  • Associate music with story-lines and settings
  • Distinguish between same/different in musical performances.

MATERIALS

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Students will need to know the procedures on how to sit quietly and listen to/follow instructions.

PROCEDURE

1. As a class, develop a list of all of the purposes for having a ceremony.
    a. What are some reasons for a ceremony to take place?
      b. What makes it a ceremony/what makes it different from just a normal gathering?
2. For each type of ceremony:        
  a. What sorts of things happen during each type of ceremony?
  b. How many people might there be at this type of ceremony?
  c. What types of clothing are the attendees wearing?
  d. In what types of buildings/settings would this ceremony take place? 
  e. What kind of music is playing (or could be playing) to highlight the purpose of the ceremony?
  f. What type of instruments might be performing (see pics of instrument families for reference)
3. Discovering how different styles of music can bring situations to life in different ways.
       a. Have the students clap the following rhythmic motive (moderate tempo); next, sing this rhythm on a “ta” with the same pitch throughout
 
  If you don't read music, just think of the rhythm in the wedding march: "Here Comes the Bride" and instead of holding out bride" for two beats, add another beat at the end - think "Here Comes the Bride Now."
  b. As a class, choose one of the ceremony types and interpret the rhythm (on loop as needed) as if this were the music to accompany each type of ceremony
 
  • Consider the speed (fast or slow), style (short vs. long notes), dynamic (loud or soft)
 
  • Walk to the beat in a circle to the style of music that they are hoping to interpret for this type of ceremony
  c. Repeat step “b” for three or four ceremony types – try to have the class select contrasting types of ceremonies.
4. Listening
     a. As a class, listen to the first 2 minutes of Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra and ask students to think about what type of ceremony they think this music best describes.
  b. Discuss various thoughts
  c. Listen to the music again, but first ask the students to think through the types of clothing, the type of building and furniture, and all of the other things taking place at this ceremony. Write or draw thoughts
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